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Kara Square is a ukulele slinging nerd who will write a song about anything. Her latest release is a depression-crushing ukulele rock anthem sing-along featuring a chorus of ten friends and three types of ukuleles called “Too Depressed for the Ukulele (Featuring Friends).” Kara released her first solo folk pop album, Love Songs for Everyone but Especially Uke, in March of 2013. She is currently composing an ongoing instrumental album called Ukulele Duels by sharing the tracks as they are created.
Kara Square loves collaborations. She has a Tex-Mex guitar and ukulele surfer pop rock album in the works with Piero Peluche (Italian multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and producer) called Square Meter. She has produced music with Rich Ratvasky as Team Smile and Nod for over nine years (Look Both Ways Before You Die , Mourning Time , Dust from the Stars [upcoming album release]). Kara Square is an active member of the international Creative Commons remix website ccMixter.org.
In 2010, Kara Square began her solo efforts by recording comedic songs that didn’t fit the style of Team Smile and Nod. She made videos to accompany them and blogged about it as Mind Map That. One of these videos, “How Do Lesbians Have Sex?” now has over 36,500 views on YouTube. “Polydactyl Super Cat” has over 10,500 YouTube views. Her video, “Think About Poop,” won Water For People’s Support a Movement Video Competition in December of 2010.
As Kara recorded her comedy songs, she posted each track’s stems on ccMixter.org. Since joining ccMixter in June of 2010, her songs have been remixed over 440 times by a talented community of musicians. Based on her enthusiastic participation and her choice to embrace Creative Commons, she was invited to be an Admin on ccMixter in August of 2011. Her music has been released on many compilation albums including Free! Music! Sampler Freeloaded , ccMixter’s Emergence , Lawrence Lessig and ccMixter’s Strike the Root , CMR Ohio’s Occupy Columbus , and ccMixter’s double album The Best Time of the Year . Her vocals are featured on acclaimed Turkish musician, Murat Ses’ album Light Cone  (track 2, “Chiral of Past”).
In 2011, Kara Square wrote a love song instead of a comedy song. This switch was exhilarating. She also started playing the ukulele more and more. She felt revitalized while strumming the little instrument. The small neck and nylon strings made it much easier to play with her post-carpal-tunnel-surgery-hands than her former instrument of choice, the acoustic guitar. The release of Love Songs for Everyone but Especially Uke solidified her love of the ukulele. It is now her go-to instrument for songwriting and musical exploration.
“Kara is definitely ‘doing something right’ with Love Songs for Everyone. Kara’s voice is rich with emotion. Her songs speak straight to the heart. And her ukulele takes many styles and tones and has certainly expanded my adoration of the instrument. This album would be perfectly sandwiched between Dar Williams and k.d. lang.”
Emily Richards, CEO of ArtisTech Media